“Tatau is one of the most effective signposts
in telling the world who you are.”
– Lisa Taouma
Of all of the art of the skin in Te Moana Nui a Kiwa (the Pacific Ocean), the markings for women have been given the least attention. Yet Tatau Fafine is imbued with mana and meanings which reach back through time to the very origins of Pacific tatau history.
The film looks at a number of women who are now reclaiming the art of tatau for themselves, as well as for the memories of their ancestors. The result is a celebration of the wave of female tatau artists that is now turning the tides of the male-dominated culture of Pacific tattooing.
“A valuable, enlightening and uplifting look at the ceremonial aspect of Polynesian tattoos”
– Assholes Watching Movies
From the two tatau goddesses who brought the art to Samoa to the practice of marking women in Papua New Guinea, Fiji and Aotearoa, Lisa Taouma’s film explores these ancient symbols, their meanings and their relevance for today’s Polynesian women.
Marks of Mana won Best NZ Cinematography, and received a Special Mention in the NZ Feature category, at the Doc Edge Awards 2019.
Previous festival appearances for Marks of Mana include
imagineNATIVE, Canada: winner, Best Documentary Work Long Format
||Director Lisa Taouma will present Marks of Mana
and take part in Q&A sessions at the following screenings:
Auckland | Rangatira, Q Theatre | 4 June | 8:00 PM
Auckland | Loft, Q Theatre | 8 June | 10:30 AM
Wellington | The Roxy 1 | 18 June | 8:00 PM
Wellington | The Roxy 2 | 22 June | 10:30 AM